AS the community is aware, since March 25 this year the Bombala Council has been constructing a new culvert crossing of Parsonage Creek on the Monaro Highway approximately 3.1 kilometres south of Bombala.
This work is being done on behalf of the Roads and Maritime Services (RMS), formerly known as the RTA.
In conjunction with this work was the requirement to realign and reconstruct 670 metres of new road to the approaches of this culvert.
Council, through a tendering process, awarded the contract for constructing the new culvert to a local construction company, Caldwell Building and Contracting Pty Ltd.
This component of the project has involved precise level controls to ensure that each component of the culvert is constructed as per the designs and specifications developed by the RMS for the project.
Meanwhile Council’s civil construction crew has been involved in the mass earthwork component of the project. This has involved extensive excavation and reshaping of the Monaro Highway at this location.
Over 5000 cubic metres of soil and clay has been removed or relocated from the site to allow material to be brought in and provide a suitable base for the new road and culvert.
Apart for the recent two weeks of rain at the end of June the weather has been extremely co-operative. This has allowed the construction to proceed uninterrupted to point where the finishing pavement layers are the main items left before a final clean-up of the worksite is required.
If the weather continues to be good, this should occur over the next week.
Discussions are continuing with the RMS about an opening date for the road.
Given that we are in winter it might be decided that the road is opened, but not sealed for a couple of months. Proper drying out of the road formation is required to allow the bitumen and aggregate to take properly. This obviously can only occur in the hotter, drier months of the year.